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Book 34

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34 LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN Oscar Wilde (Ireland, 1892)

On her birthday, the puritan Lady Windermere is told that her husband is probably having an affair with the mysterious Mrs Erlynne, a woman with a terrible reputation. Yet Lord Windermere forces his wife to invite the infamous woman to a ball.

Oscar Wilde is one of the most quotable authors that ever existed, and of course this play is yet another example of his unparalleled wit. Here's a great quote that can be found in this play: "My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people's". There are many more to find throughout the text.
Lady Windermere's Fan is very well-structured, though, like most comedies, slightly predictable. In the end, the play allows Oscar Wilde to express all his contempt for society, good-manners, and marriage. Few people do it as well as he.


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